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Animal’s Secret Identity . . . Revealed!

By Brian | April 24, 2010 | Share on Facebook

So, good news! The awesome Viral Videos from Muppets Studio have been nominated for two Webby Awards. Animal is very excited:

Interesting thing, though – I don’t think I’d ever heard Animal speak (other than one or two words at a time – between the screaming and the banging on the drums…). Now that I get a listen, though, I’ve come to a startling conclusion.

Animal has the same voice as The Cookie Monster! Watch:

Google as I might, I wasn’t able to find a video that showed both Animal and Cookie Monster on screen at the same time. From this investigation, I can only conclude that Animal is actually Cookie Monster in disguise! This is the biggest news since the whole Kermit the Frog / Ernie debacle…

Topics: Primetime TV | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Animal’s Secret Identity . . . Revealed!”

  1. Michael W says at April 24th, 2010 at 7:25 pm :
    I’m sure you haven’t listened to it, but Death Metal lead vocalists use the same gutteral method when singing, and it is sometimes known as the “cookie monster vocal”. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cookie_Monster_vocals

  2. Brian says at April 24th, 2010 at 7:50 pm :
    Well, I’ve never set out to listen, but I’ve certainly heard heavy metal music using this type of voice.

    Of course, there’s speaking in the style of Cookie Monster, and then there’s speaking exactly like Cookie Monster.

    A little Google research shows that Frank Oz has provided the voice for both Cookie Monster and Animal since 1969. Interestingly, though, two different puppeteers have also done their voices since 2001/2002 (David Rudman as Cookie Monster and Eric Jacobson as Animal). The top video was definitely done after 2002, and the bottom one was almost certainly before 2001. So, either Frank Oz took a turn at Animal in the top video, or Eric Jacobson does an excellent Frank Oz imitation as Animal…

  3. Michael W says at April 25th, 2010 at 8:38 pm :
    I commented without listening before. Now that I’ve listened to them back to back, I suggest that you clean out your ears. Although they both use the guttural effect, Cookie’s voice is rounder and comes from the back of the throat, whereas Animal’s is thinner and wider, and is projected forward.


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